Below, find a D.I.Y. Guide to starting your business as a non-U.S. resident in Florida.
Step 1: Choose a Name
All legal business entities must have a unique and distinguishable name from any other business that is on file with the Florida Department of State. The first step in starting your business is choosing a name for your LLC or corporation. To make sure that the name you want is available, you can check the Florida’s official Division of Corporations website.
If you are forming an LLC, the name of your LLC must have an LLC identifier included in it. This requirements goes for corporations, as well.
Step 2: Hire a Registered Agent
If you are forming a business in Florida from outside of the country, it is likely that you do not have a physical address in the state. Since one of the primary requirements of a registered agent is having a physical address within the state they are operating from, it will be necessary for you to hire an entity to serve as the registered agent for your new company.
When selecting a registered agent, you want to make sure the service you choose is dependable and competent. The last you think you need is to worry about whether or not your registered agent is doing its job to the best of its ability.
Sunshine Corporate Filings LLC® is the best choice in the industry. We help non-U.S. residents form businesses in Florida every day. We know the process, and we know what our clients need. For those looking to dominate the market, we are the top choice for your registered agent.
Plus, you can use our Florida business address for free, and we offer both free mail forwarding and paid Florida mail forwarding service options as well (whatever fits your business needs).
Step 3: File the Necessary Paperwork
The document that is filed to form an LLC is called the Articles of Organization. The filing document to incorporate your company is known as the Articles of Incorporation. If you have selected a name for your company, and hired a registered agent, then you are ready to proceed to completing and filing the necessary paperwork to form your company.
The easiest way to submit these documents is online. However, there is a PDF copy for download available for an in-person submission.
Step 4: Get an EIN
The biggest hurdle in getting your non-U.S. resident business of the ground in Florida is getting an EIN issued for your company. An EIN (also known as a Federal Employer Identification Number) is a nine digit number. It is uniquely different from any other number issued to any business in the U.S. and is used for taxation purposes.